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Time For My Daily Prayer

There's only one prayer that I think is valid, and only one prayer that I know. That is the prayer of gratitude.

Thank you. Thank you God. Thank you for this blessed life.

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This thread is inspired, of course, by our friend jrd3820's original, powerful, epic, and transformational post, "Time for my nightly jam session."

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If there is one thing I would like to impress upon all of my friends here at the Daily Paul it is this: Whatever is going on in your life, please always remember to come from a place of gratitude. It is not always easy, I know.

However, the simple twist of fate of having been born American, with all of the resources and advantages that Citizenship entails, including having access to free education, government imposed or not, is the greatest gift you'll ever know. As a result of this gift you know how to read and write, which enables you to use the most powerful, cutting edge tool in history: The Internet. It allows me, in my bunker in Boston, to communicate you, wherever you are in the country or the world, in near real time.

As a result, you are in the top 5% in the world, in terms of education, material resources, and standard of living. Don't ever underestimate that.

Maybe some of you have never traveled outside of the US, and therefore don't know how lucky you are.

I am an American Citizen by birth, thanks to God, and have traveled extensively throughout the world. The advantages bestowed upon us as Americans by this accident of birth are beyond belief to 95% of the world. Electricity. Running water. Vaccinations against deadly disease. Clean air. Food. Unlimited fresh water...

I understand that things are not perfect. I understand that there are problems and injustices.

But having just returned home from two months overseas, I am grateful to be home, and I am grateful to be an American.

Thank you. Thank you to the Daily Paul.

I realize that this place is sometimes overloaded to the breaking point with biitching, moaning and negativity. Sometimes I'm so disheartened I want to just pull the plug on it.

But when I shift my focus, and change my perspective, I realize how much I have learned from all of you. I realize how important the Daily Paul is to me.

I invite you to do the same. Please just set aside your complaints for a moment to focus and share what it is you're grateful for. Think about Him. Think about how He feels. He created all of this. What would it be like to only hear a constant and never ending litany of complaints and negativity? If you were Him, how would you feel?

I know there are atheists here as well. If you're one of them, please indulge me. Do me one single favor and answer me this: Which feels better - biitching and complaining about the state of the world, or finding something in your life that you are truly grateful for, and just feeling that emotion of gratefulness?

Having spent two months traveling overseas, I can honestly tell you this: You are blessed to be an American.

I am thankful for all of you, who have read this far. God bless you all.

Happy New Year Everyone. May this one be your best. Be thankful for what you have, and you will live a fuller life.



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Michael Nystrom's picture

jrd - saw this book at the Harvard bookstore and thought of you

1963: The Year of the Revolution: How Youth Changed the World with Music, Art, and Fashion . Not that I read it... But it had a pretty cover, and it is about young people (like you), and art and music. But mainly I put the link here so you'll see the Easter Egg on the bookshelf and know I left you a note.

Quality over quantity. Check. I'm down with that.

There was this weird little stretch when I was in Taipei. We stayed in about 6 different places in Taipei, 10 total on that trip. This one place I called "The Haunted House" because it was up on a hill, and had this old English style deco. Lots of wood paneling, and weird English toilets with wooden seats that were cracking. That's when I found out about the JD Salinger stories being leaked online.

That first story had a reference to Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, which was weird, because I'd just picked up a copy of that book at the English language bookstore in Taipei. Old, free of copyright, it was cheap, and I wanted to read it again. It was a weird little rhyme. Then not but a couple weeks later, I noticed you mentioned the book as well, in a whole different context. But when you think about it, not really a different context at all. Because there is just one context, really.

I got a postcard from Shanghai the other day, when I picked up all my mail from when I was away! What a lovely surprise.

Anyway, to answer your question, yes! It will be legendary. We are our own lost generation. Is that paper of yours online? Can I go like it somewhere?

And speaking of Paris, and the lost generation, and writers, if you haven't seen it, I think you'll like this. It is better than the trailer makes it look.

Oh, and the drunk publishing. Ah, yes. That gives it a much more distinguished (and serious) air than simply drunk posting. I shall keep your wise advice in mind.

And we all float on, ok?


http://youtu.be/CTAud5O7Qqk

He's the man.

Sauced or not

...the message is an important one.

In this country the "poor", for the most part, have cell phones, drive cars, and have housing with plumbing & electricity .

In India, China and Africa alone there are almost 3 billion people who do not.

The post was a great realty check.

peAce

Liberty = Responsibility

Gratitude

I'm grateful for our Lord, my son, my health and the Daily Paul.

God Bless You All & Happy New Year!

perhaps it's time to start a gratitude journal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gratitude_journal

"In a 2005 study concerning gratitude, participants were randomly assigned to one of six therapeutic intervention conditions designed to improve the participant’s overall quality of life (Seligman et al., 2005).[5] Out of the six conditions, the longest lasting effects were caused by the act of writing “gratitude journals” where participants were asked to write down three things they were grateful for every day. These participants’ happiness scores also increased and continued to increase each time they were tested periodically after the experiment; the greatest benefits were usually found to occur around six months after treatment began. This exercise was so successful that although participants were only asked to continue the journal for a week, many participants continued to keep the journal long after the study was over."

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

I am thankful no one tried to get my goat today

Welcome Home, Michael, may the blessings of liberty find you.

Free includes debt-free!

I pray that AF1 doesn't go down in the Pacific

much

An attitude of grattitude

You can't be grateful
and negative
at the same time.
very powerful,
always overlooked,
cure for most of what ills mankind.
And it works every time.
http://www.sedonameditation.com/images/AppreciateYourLife.jpg
Rich man crying ‘cause his money is time / Poor man smiling ‘cause he knows he ain’t blind
~ Sam Roberts, “Brother Down”

How to Be Grateful When You Don’t Feel Like It
http://www.raptitude.com/2009/05/how-to-be-grateful-when-you...
The 31 Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About: How Gratitude Can Change Your Life
http://happierhuman.com/benefits-of-gratitude/
The Secret to Happiness: 5 Tips to Feel More Grateful and Blissful
“The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.” ~William Penn
http://tinybuddha.com/blog/secret-happiness-5-tips-feel-grat...

Thanks Michael for reminding us of what is really important:

a thankful heart! It's hard to remember sometimes when we see all the encroachments on liberty and the move toward the 'ten thousand commandments' that Chesterton predicted. (Not to mention our own faults and foibles, this is often even a greater struggle for me.) When I remember how much I have been blessed with, often because of my trials, I realize just how much I really have to be thankful for. (It is harder to see what to be grateful for when you believe you are entitled to it all). Sometimes to disarm my self from ingratitude, I will answer the question, "How are you?" (If it is someone who understands my perspective) with "Better than I deserve."

on that note (pun intended) here is one of my favorite songs on the topic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM8EhUpUDPQ

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Thank you, Michael...

For giving us the best philosophical and spiritual home here at the DP. Bless you and your friends and family and may you have a wonderful and prosperous New Year.

Namaste

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Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~Thomas Paine

Welcome home.

This story of a family that survived in the Siberian wilderness makes me appreciate many things.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/For-40-Yea...

Truly grateful for all I have today, the DP, and you, Michael!

Thanksgiving is a great state of heart and mind to stay in at all times.
Having a Person to acknowledge as The Giver of Life, Love, and all things helps keep me there when my own tendencies pull me toward lower energy levels.

This tune calls me to share. JRD, you're a jewel! This is especially for you, too.

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

A song about joyfully overcoming our morose tendencies

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

gaylbaby's picture

Thank you, Michael

For pointing out our own human need to express gratitude, and for living out your own gratitude through your talents, in such a way that your example inspires others.

We owe you a debt of gratitude for providing a place where we can learn from one another. I can only imagine the number of people who have awakened to the principles of liberty because they 'happened across' this site.

I am also grateful for the many posters on DP, who share their experiences. This site is truly a wealth of wisdom.

I just found THIS in my inbox...

...and had to come back and share!

“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry - all forms of fear - are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.”

Eckhart Tolle

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

Michael Nystrom's picture

Interesting perspective

Reminds me of a saying: "Most people have one foot in the past, one foot in the future, and are taking a big dump on the present!"

Another one: "Worry is interest paid on trouble that hasn't happened yet."

I love what you have shared here from our friend Eckhart Tolle. Too much past, too much future, not enough presence. I remember when I first read the Power of Now. I was blown away. The first line in the book is:

I have little use for the past and rarely think of it.

Thank you for sharing.

p.s. love your signature line too.

He's the man.

I love Eckhardt too, Michael.

I love Eckhardt too, Michael. He reminds me to be balanced. I think the two books I have given away the most are "the Power of Now" and "the Creature from Jekyll Island" a story about the past that effects the present and future...LOL!

go figure...guess I have one foot in and one foot out!

snicker

Peace,
Belle

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

gaylbaby's picture

Love your signature line

"If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives"

This is perfect, Libertybelle! I will be using it. :)

ahhhhh...thanks, gaylbaby!

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! ;-D !!

It just popped into my head and outta my mouth one day whilst debating a neocon about Iran and the CIA in the 50's. Stopped em cold! I've used it as my byline ever since.

Peace,
Belle

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

America


http://youtu.be/ekn2Y08NSZw


http://youtu.be/Rj2n-ywt5yA

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Welcome home

Great post, as always. We are lucky to be part of this unique place in time... I also love my country, not because of our military power or our over-reaching govt... It's the amazing people I find everywhere. How lucky I am to be alive and sharing our experiences with such an awesome group. Thank you Michael... Happy New Year. Have a great 2014!

Namaste

I bow to the spirit in you my friend...

Love you Michael and you are truly a special one among us.

Peace and Happy New Year!

DEX

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Love you too Dex

Happy New Year!

He's the man.

Thank you!

I have two small cards with inspirational quotes on my desk to remind me of the frequency where I want to resonate, because I too can get mired in all the negativity that surrounds us. Here they are:

"Be true to yourself
Leave no regrets
Become Love
and give more then you take"

the other:

"Appreciation is the secret to Life.
Become a person who appreciates,
and you will thrive; you will fulfill
your reason for being."

They help me to maintain sanity in an insane world.

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

GRATE

FUL

LOve the R3volution

Phxarcher87's picture

look forward to...

the light of a new day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy9nwe9_xzw

THE CLASS OF CITIZENS WHO PROVIDE AT ONCE THEIR OWN FOOD AND THEIR OWN RAIMENT, MAY BE VIEWED AS THE MOST TRULY INDEPENDENT AND HAPPY.
James Madison

Welcome Home, Mister Nystrom...

...I feel as though we have both been on a similar "journey" regarding life, death, and God's Grace.
It seems we've both been in "parallel universes", so to speak.
And I must express my gratitude for having stumbled upon this website, by chance, as a result of my viewing a Ron Paul Video.

That video featured an emotional moment that truly touched my heart.
YOU accomplished that.
I am forever grateful to you for that passionate outpouring of loyalty, support and commitment towards a greater good.
WELCOME HOME Michael!
Thank you for bringing us all "home" with you.
God Bless You!
Danton

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

A Good Day


http://youtu.be/3Zl9puhwiyw

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

Michael Nystrom's picture

((((((((((((((Ed!))))))))))))

Thank you for the great video, and Happy New Year!

He's the man.

Classic!

"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

It says IN everything, not necessarily FOR everything.

Thank you, Michael! Great post.

Someone once said, "When gratitude dies on the altar of a man's heart, that man is well nigh hopeless."

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

There is no place like America.

I have visited over two dozen foreign countries and lived in three. West Germany was the best of the lot, and England, but they don't hold a candle to the place I was fortunate enough to be born into in the 20th century. I could have been born a girl in Saudi Arabia or some other hellhole, but instead I appeared in a stable American California middle class family and community, went to university, married well going on 34 years ago, had healthy intelligent children, and possessed the financial and familial stability to home school them. I can go to church openly and freely, drive a dependable car to where ever I want without asking permission or fear of highwaymen. I can walk around my town in the middle of the night without fear. I have thousands of books in my house. I live better than kings did 100 years ago. You'd better believe I'm grateful.